Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions

Walkers on the Heaphy Track.

Walkers on the Heaphy Track

Nelson/Tasman and West Coast regions map.

Rubbish: There are no rubbish facilities on the track. Trampers are reminded there is a pack-in pack-out policy for all rubbish. All rubbish must be removed.

About the Heaphy Track

Pass through diverse landscapes from beautiful beech forest to expansive tussock grasslands, to lush forests, nikau palms and roaring seas.

The Heaphy Track is the longest of the 9 Great Walks at 78.4 km. It takes 4 - 6 days to walk. It is also possible to mountain bike the track between 1 May and 30 September. It takes 2 - 3 days to ride.

The track is well formed and well marked, and all rivers and major streams are bridged. It is suitable for trampers of moderate fitness and limited experience.

Located in the Kahurangi National Park at the north-west corner of the South Island, the nearest towns that cater for trampers and mountain bikers are Nelson, Takaka, Westport and Karamea.

View the Heaphy Track brochure (PDF, 3,260K).

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Alert/Important notice

 Bookings / Wave surge warning

Bookings for trips from 1 July 2014 will open in late May. Check in mid May for the exact date.

Wave Surges: Between Kohaihai and Heaphy Hut: Sections of the coastal track may be affected by large wave surges during high tides and rough seas and may cause the track to be temporarily impassable - there is no alternative track available. The sections affected are clearly signposted. 

Track users must make their own safety assessment and be prepared to wait for up to 2 hours until the tide retreats. When planning your trip, ensure you check tide charts and allow adequate time in case of delays.

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4 - 6 days (walking); 2 - 3 days (mountain biking)


78.4 km

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1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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